Women are getting more involved than ever in home improvement projects
According to the latest statistics released by the FMB, women are now getting more involved than ever in home improvement projects. In fact, they’re now twice as likely than men to have the final say on a home improvement project.
Around 80% of women have painted a room and 65% have put together flat-pack furniture. Furthermore, 58% have unblocked a sink, and over 50% have changed a fuse. In a world which is striving more than ever to achieve equality, it’s clear that women are stepping out of their gender roles and taking over the roles that were previously considered to be masculine.
Brian Berry, the Chief Executive of the FMB said: "This research shows that any lingering gender stereotypes regarding domestic life are totally outdated. Not only do women lead on decisions regarding the style and scope of building projects, they also get stuck in themselves when hiring a builder isn’t necessary. In 21st century Britain, you’re just as likely to find a woman up a ladder clearing out the guttering or battling with flat-pack furniture, as you might be likely to find her performing some of the more traditional domestic chores."
Currently, only 2% of onsite construction workers are women. With the UK in the middle of a construction skills shortage, then it makes sense that women could become the next generation of builders.